Building maintenance after the winter period

The new year is not the end of winter – in fact it’s barely the start, as the season begins on December 22nd and lasts through until March 20th.

That means unfortunately, there is likely to be heavy weather on the horizon, which traditionally lasts throughout much of the rainy spring season too.

Despite the relatively calm and warm Christmas period, you shouldn’t be complacent about building maintenance during winter and into spring.

1. Building maintenance priorities in winter

Precipitation in all its forms is a threat during the winter months, so make sure your building fabric is robust against heavy rainfall.

That means ensuring your roof does not leak and that drainage is working correctly, including roof-edge guttering and drainpipes.

If you notice specific sections of your guttering overflow during heavy rain, get them looked at to find out if a joint has sagged, if your guttering is blocked, or if you just need more drainpipes installing.

We haven’t had heavy snow this winter but it’s still worth getting old roofs surveyed to make sure they will take the weight of future snowfall – it can be very costly to reinstate a collapsed roof compared with reinforcing an existing one.

2. Building maintenance priorities after winter

As we move towards March and the official start of spring, give some thought to any work you want to carry out during the summer months.

In theory, late spring and early summer should bring more stable weather conditions, but they’re also a very busy time for building maintenance contractors.

So anything you can do to plan further ahead can help you to schedule the work and get it booked in well ahead of time.

Again, if you’re considering roof work, the spring-summer season can be a good time for this as dry days are ideal for work that disrupts the waterproofing on your roof.

3. Building maintenance after heavy weather

At any time, the weather could take a turn for the worse. Instead of seeing this as a threat, think of it as an opportunity to identify problems with your building fabric.

Make a note of the locations of any leaks so you can get a building surveyor to come and diagnose them, as well as any unusually draughty areas where you want to reseal your exterior to keep out strong winds.

It can be difficult to stay aware of small and isolated problems on very large buildings, especially high buildings where you might not routinely see the roof.

But it’s essential to keep the weather on the outside of your premises – so if in doubt, book a roof survey or a full survey of your exterior building fabric to decide if more work needs to be done.


To find out more about our maintenance services, please contact us today. You can call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email and a member of our team will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.



Construction Industry Trends for 2020

As we leave 2019 behind and enter a new decade, it’s time to investigate the latest construction industry trends for 2020.

At hebs group, we believe in keeping up with new and emerging trends as part of our growth and prepare for the future in an industry that continues to evolve year on year.

There are so many advancements and we intend to make our new build, fit out, and refurbishment projects easier, safer, and more efficient for clients.


One of the biggest focuses in building construction and design is sustainability. Over the years, companies have aimed to reduce their carbon emissions and use resources effectively at a fraction of the cost.

Such solutions include better thermal materials like sheep’s wool insulation designed to last and keep buildings protected and heated for longer.

Effective water usage to help maintain reservoir levels, and maximising natural lighting in building design to reduce electrical costs are just some of the ways in which we can build a sustainable future.

Green construction

Similar to sustainability, green construction refers to incorporating environmentally friendly methods and products in each step of a project; from the planning stages right through to construction, maintenance and demolition.

A green building is an economically efficient one, and means less damage to the environment, especially with regards to the high level of derelict buildings.

Some materials like timber for formwork, bamboo as an alternative to concrete construction and using recycled plastics instead of sourcing new materials are becoming increasingly popular. According to a Statista report, the green building materials market will reach 433 billion U.S. dollars by 2024.

VR and Robotics

If you thought VR and robotics is made for the media, gamers, and techno enthusiasts – think again!

These technologies are already making a big impact in the construction industry by helping designers and architectures to visualise buildings in detail and spot errors quickly.

Drones are on the rise too and according to ABI research the collaborative robotics market is predicted to surge to $1 billion in total revenue by 2020. These could be a huge advantage on construction sites for surveying and ensuring the safety of workers.


To find out more about our construction services, please contact us today. You can call hebs Group on 0151 236 0707 or email and a member of our team will reply to your enquiry as soon as possible.